August 2, 2012 Subject:
Bela the bad
Movie is great fun for the 'light in heart'. You must see Bela perform a Tsukuri, Kake on one of the Ritz brothers. It actually cracks me up every time I see it.
February 7, 2010 Subject:
The B-feature credo of the '30s and '40s seems to have been, when all else fails put a guy in a gorilla suit. I love it! This is one of the seemingly endless number of "Old Dark House" mysteries, many of which were comedies. Don't expect Agatha Christi. Instead this one has Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, the Ritz Brothers and a guy in a gorilla suit, plus more secret panels than you can shake a banana at. Lugosi and the Ritz Brothers (the Three Stooges minus eye poking and nose twisting) are fun. Patsy Kelly adds her incredibly loud mouth to the mayhem. Hidden in all the high jinx and one-liners there actually is a well-plotted little mystery with twists and misdirection. If you like your mystery served as madcap comedy this one gets 4 stars. If you're less than thrilled by the Ritz Brothers, you'll probably give it 3 stars. CAST NOTE: Art Miles is the guy in this gorilla suit.